(aka "The Big Boss' or 'Tang shan da xiong" or "China Mountain Big Brother" or "Fists of Glory" or "Tong saan daai fong" )

directed by Wei Lo
Hong Kong 1971

Bruce Lee's big screen break came in director Lo Wei's The Big Boss, a wildly successful kung-fu film that made the legendary screen icon into a powerful box-office force! Chang Chow An (Bruce Lee) is a reluctant warrior who promises his mother to leave his violent days behind him. Chang goes to live with his uncle and gets a job at the local ice factory. But something is amiss at the factory. Chang's co-workers begin to mysteriously disappear, and Chang himself is distracted by the evil "Big Boss", who uses power, money and women to direct Chang's attentions elsewhere. But when Chang learns once and for all that the Big Boss is a bad man, it's time to let the dragon out of the bottle! It all comes down to knock-down kung-fu showdowns featuring Bruce Lee's trademark power and charismatic flair! Known to American audiences as Fists of Fury, The Big Boss is required viewing by anyone who considers themself a Bruce Lee fan.

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Theatrical Release: October 3,1971 (Hong Kong)

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Comparison:

Hong Kong Legends (Special Collector's Edition) - Region 2 - PAL vs. Fortune Star (Ultimate Collection) - Region 3 - NTSC vs. On Air Video (Collector's Edition) - Region 2 - PAL vs. Kam & Ronson Region 'A' Blu-ray

Big thanks to Ole Kofoed and and Henrik Sylow for the DVD Screen Caps!

1) Hong Kong Legends (Special Collector's Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - LEFT

2) Fortune Star (Ultimate Collection) - Region 3 - NTSC - SECOND

3) On Air Video (Collector's Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Kam and Ronson - Region 'A" Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Hong Kong Legends

Region 2 - PAL

Fortune Star
Region 3 - NTSC
On Air Video
Region 2 - PAL

Kam & Ronson

Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Runtime 1:36:01 (4% PAL speedup) 1:39:28 1:36:01 (4% PAL speedup) 1:39:40.975
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.68 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

2.30:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.48 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

2.31:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.56 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 28,799,314,141 bytes

Feature: 28,185,747,456 bytes

Video Bitrate: 27.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Hong Kong Legends (Special Collector's Edition)

 

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Fortune Star (Ultimate Collection)

 

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On Air Video (Collector's Edition)

 

Bitrate:

 

Blu-ray

 

Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital Cantonese Mono, 2.0 Dolby Digital English Mono (Dub)

2.0 Dolby Digital Cantonese Mono, 5.1 Dolby Digital Cantonese / Mandarin, DTS Cantonese / Mandarin

2.0 Dolby Digital English Mono (Dub)

DTS-HD Master Audio Chinese 2578 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 2578 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby TrueHD Audio Chinese 1848 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 1848 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Core: 5.1-EX / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
Dolby Digital EX Audio Chinese 640 kbps 5.1-EX / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital EX Audio Thai 640 kbps 5.1-EX / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Subtitles English, Dutch, None Traditional, Simplified, English, None Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, None English, Chinese, Thai, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Hong Kong Legends

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Audio commentary by Bey Logan.
• Biography of Bruce Lee - audio / text (21:13).
• Photo gallery.
• Original theatrical trailer.
• UK / HK promotional trailers.
• Info and HKL trailers about 9 other HKL releases.

DVD Release Date: November 6, 2000
Keep case

Chapters 30
 

Release Information:
Studio: Fortune Star

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.30:1

Edition Details:
• Limited Edition (10,000)
• Each box marked by little
• Menues available in both English and Chinese

 

DVD Release Date: April 29, 2004
Digipack

Chapters 21

Release Information:
Studio: On Air Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 2.31:1

Edition Details:
• Immortal Dragon - Bruce Lee documentary (50:02).
• A Fistful of Yen (31:36).
• 6 trailers (3x Big Boss, Way of the Dragon, Fist of Fury and Game of Death).
• Biographies of Bruce Lee and Lo Wei.
• Photo gallery from Bruce Lee movies.
• Extras is in English and not subtitled.

DVD Release Date: 2001
Keep Case

Chapters 30

Release Information:
Studio: Kam & Ronson

 

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 28,799,314,141 bytes

Feature: 28,185,747,456 bytes

Video Bitrate: 27.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• Interview with Tung Wai (2:36)

Blu-ray Release Date: August 6th, 2009
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 20

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION Kam & Ronson Blu-ray - August 2009: Everything appears to improve with the new 1080P Fortune Star sourced transfer but skin tones warm up quite a bit. This is superior, in my opinion than the orange flesh tones of the DVDs. It's hard to be positive which colors are most accurate but the Blu-ray advances quite handily in other areas with stronger detail via the higher resolution - actually, everything is tighter. We can state the validity of the transfer at 1080P. The dual-layered image looks pretty decent in motion. It's quite smooth, clean with a shade of depth. Despite it looking somewhat thick at times, it's vastly ahead of the DVDs. It's nice to see a bit of consistent grain. As far as the visual aspect goes this appears to look better than Fist Of Fury - also released on Blu-ray by Kam & Ronson.

Not unlike many Asian DVDs - there are some healthy options for the Blu-ray - as far as lossless we get Cantonese DTS-HD Master 7.1 at 2578 kbps 7.1, or a Dolby TrueHD 7.1 at 1848 kbps. There is also a 5.1-EX in both Mandarin Chinese and Thai DUBs. On the two HD audio options there is some range - perhaps more than one might expect. I eventually settled on the TrueHD but it was more a personal choice than feeling it was technically superior. The effect sounds of the fighting sequences sound reasonably crisp and explosive upon impact. Sometimes almost beyond the compatibility with the video. There are rather small white, often précised. optional English, traditional Chinese or Thai subtitles and my Momitsu can verify that this is indeed region 'A'-locked.

The 2.5 minute interview with Tung Wai (optionally subtitled) isn't much of an extra but it's all we are getting. He talks about his first meeting with Bruce Lee. It's good, if far too short and looks incredibly insignificant compared to HKL's Bey Logan commentary.

I suspect Bruce Lee fans will want to indulge - depending on your system the HD image can be a fairly big jump. Overall it looked solid and probably the best the title has ever appeared for home theater usage. The audio has some buoyancy and may surprise but it would have been great to have more supplements.

Gary Tooze

****

 



 

ON THE DVDS: While the On-Air looks a little more detailed/sharper the colors is faded and there is more print damage compared to the remastered HKL DVD - and the captures doesn't show that the On-Air has some digital artifacts and a bit to much "moving" grain. So the Hong Kong Legends has the best picture quality. The On Air is missing the preferred Chinese soundtracks.

The extras on the On-Air is the same as the other Bruce Lee releases from them - a pretty good Bruce Lee documentary (written by Phillip Dye and released by Passport International Productions according to the end credits) and the "Enter the Dragon" spoof "A Fistful of Yen" from the John Landis / Zucker /Abrahams movie "The Kentucky Fried Movie", here presented in open matte (see last captures). I haven't listened to the HKL Bey Logan commentary, but it should be at the usually high quality.

We can hope that 20th Fox will re-release the movie in region 1 with improved picture quality but until then I can only recommend to buy the HKL disc, and if you can find the On-Air disc cheap (I paid 25 DKR = $US 4) you can buy it to get the documentary.

-Ole Kofoed

The picture of the Fortune Star DVD simply is beautiful. No cropping, crisp detail and natural colour scheme, this is the best presentation of his films yet. .

The sound is another story. The original mono just sounds good. The 5.1 and DTS have been manipulated, so there now is rear speaker action. This may be all fine and such, but the new added sounds are of different quality, so it ends up sounding inserted and wrong. Go with the mono, unless you cant help yourself.

 -Henrik Sylow

 


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1) Hong Kong Legends (Special Collector's Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Fortune Star (Ultimate Collection) - Region 3 - NTSC - SECOND

3) On Air Video (Collector's Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Kam and Ronson - Region 'A" Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Hong Kong Legends (Special Collector's Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Fortune Star (Ultimate Collection) - Region 3 - NTSC - SECOND

3) On Air Video (Collector's Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Kam and Ronson - Region 'A" Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Hong Kong Legends (Special Collector's Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Fortune Star (Ultimate Collection) - Region 3 - NTSC - SECOND

3) On Air Video (Collector's Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Kam and Ronson - Region 'A" Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Hong Kong Legends (Special Collector's Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Fortune Star (Ultimate Collection) - Region 3 - NTSC - SECOND

3) On Air Video (Collector's Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Kam and Ronson - Region 'A" Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Hong Kong Legends (Special Collector's Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Fortune Star (Ultimate Collection) - Region 3 - NTSC - SECOND

3) On Air Video (Collector's Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Kam and Ronson - Region 'A" Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Hong Kong Legends (Special Collector's Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Fortune Star (Ultimate Collection) - Region 3 - NTSC - SECOND

3) On Air Video (Collector's Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Kam and Ronson - Region 'A" Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


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Distribution

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Region 2 - PAL

Fortune Star
Region 3 - NTSC
On Air Video
Region 2 - PAL

Kam & Ronson

Region 'A' - Blu-ray




 

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